I can not believe it has been almost a year since I blogged. Well, I promise to be more active once again. What greater time to begin than the last few weeks of Lent. Are you gearing up for Holy Week? I don't know about you, but I have been under unprecidented spiritual attack during March. I never have read so much scripture and reflected on them. Recently, I offered a reflection at work using a poem called See Me Through My Tears. I can't help but feeling that God really wants us to express our emotions and not be afraid of them. Remember Jesus at the Tomb of Lazarus: What did he do? He wept first! Then, raised him from the dead. Tears are a natural way for us to be healed. Have Hope! Ask yourself, when was the last time you had a good cry? This Lent, why not purposely try to find someone who is grieving and support them through your tears. You can use this theme while reflecting on the Stations of the Cross.
Below is a recent article on the Stations posted on Aleteia.
How the Stations of the Cross are a physical, mental and spiritual exercise
Philip Kosloski - published on 04/01/22 on Aleteia.com
Dr. Edward Sri highlights the benefits of the traditional devotion in his new 'Pocket Guide to the Stations of the Cross.'
Over the centuries, Roman Catholics have continually turned to the Stations of the Cross as a way to live through Jesus’ passion during the Lenten season.
However, modern Catholics don’t always see the benefits of the traditional devotion, a problem Dr. Edward Sri seeks to address in his new Pocket Guide to the Stations of the Cross published by Ascension.
Sri has composed his own short meditations that cover both the traditional 14 stations most Catholics know, as well as the newer scriptural stations that were introduced by St. John Paul II.
He also points out how the Stations of the Cross are a physical, mental and spiritual exercise.
One of the unique aspects of the Stations of the Cross is how physical it can be, especially when it is done outside of a church, walking from station to station.
Sri explains how, “We move, stop, make the Sign of the Cross, kneel, stand again, listen, and reply. All the moving, stopping, falling to our knees, and rising up again as we trace the Sign of the Cross over our bodies recalls Jesus on his way to Calvary.”
The physical aspect of the Stations are an important part of this devotion, reminding us of the many physical pains Jesus endured.
In addition to being a very physical devotion, Dr. Sri points out how it is also a mental exercise.
Our mind reflects on what Jesus reveals in each station. We see an image related to each station in a book or on the church walls. We hear the leader read a reflection on the scene. All this helps fill our minds with the truth of what Jesus did for us on this day
Last, but not least, the Stations are a spiritual exercise, designed to penetrate the depths of our soul.
Sri explains how, “We know we have prayed the Stations well when the devotion facilitates a deeper personal encounter with Christ—when we are drawn to love and sacrifice more, when we are stirred to tell Jesus we are sorry and repent of a certain sin, and when we more deeply realize his amazing love for us.”
The goal of the devotion is to unite us more closely to Jesus Christ and reflects the spiritual nature of the Stations.
Dr. Sri’s Pocket Guide to the Stations of the Cross is a great supplement to your Lenten journey, but can also help you draw closer to Christ anytime of the year.